- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 8, 2016

STROUDSBURG, Pa. (AP) - A defense attorney says he plans to appeal a California woman’s first-degree murder conviction in the 2002 slaying and dismemberment of a man whose charred remains were found in barrels at an eastern Pennsylvania waste disposal site.

Forty-eight-year-old Stacy Britton, of Twentynine Palms, California, faces a mandatory life term after Monday’s conviction in Monroe County.

Her former husband is serving a 15- to 30-year term. Authorities said they stabbed and beat Robert Roudebush in Wilkes-Barre in July 2002 over a drug dispute, then dismembered and burned his body.

Defense attorney Brandon Reish said he plans to challenge the admissibility of recorded statements his client gave to California police. He said he believed the dismemberment made it difficult for jurors to focus on what he called “smaller details” the defense raised.

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